Posted January 20, 2014

Richard Sherman calls out Michael Crabtree in all-time postgame interview

NFC West, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks
Richard Sherman had a postgame interview for the ages after the Seahawks beat the 49ers.

Richard Sherman had a postgame interview for the ages after the Seahawks beat the 49ers. (Rod Mar/SI)

Even in victory, Richard Sherman is one ornery individual.

Following the Seattle Seahawks 23-17 win over the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC title game, a game in which Sherman made the pivotal, game-sealing tip, Sherman unloaded on Fox Sports reporter Erin Andrews, declaring himself the premier cornerback in the league and trashing 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree.

A transcript of the interview via BuzzFeed:

– [Sherman:] “Well, I’m the best corner in the game! When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that’s the result you gonna get! Don’t you EVER talk about me.”
– [Andrews:] Who was talking about you?
– [Sherman:]“Crabtree. Don’t you open your mouth about the best. Or I’m gonna shut it for you real quick. L-O-B.”

Sherman added fuel to the fire at the postgame podium, as well.

Crabtree fired back at Sherman shortly after the game via social media.

The best cornerback in the league? The jury is divided, but few can rival Sherman as an interviewee.

364 comments
GuyVent
GuyVent

when you are a trash talker...what does that make you?

CowboyFanInSacramento
CowboyFanInSacramento

His antics also completely detracted from what his team had accomplished. The fact that he is a great player and the Seattle fans love him doesn't change the fact that he acted like a complete toad.

CowboyFanInSacramento
CowboyFanInSacramento

I am not saying Sherman is a jerk, but I am saying that he certainly acted like one in the post game interview. Have some class and be a gracious winner.

JH360
JH360

THAT KID NEEDS A SPANKING AND A TIME OUT

bulletrico
bulletrico

This dude is so classless!!! What a shame!!!

KenjiHaag
KenjiHaag

Four other times the nfl's best offense went up against the games best D and in 3/4 the best D won so I like the hawks odds. As for sherm he is the best db in the game and his play over his 1st 3 years speaks for itself. He has 20 ints in 2.5 as a starter no other player in NFL history has more than 14 in their first three years. O and payton hasnt faced a top 5 d all year besides Kc and kc was exposed when they had to play real teams in the second half of the seaso. the hawks have just beat the saints the 4th ranked D and the 3rd ranked offense. Then the beat the niners in a game better fitted for the 1970's. The seattle secondary was out there head hunting. 3 of the biggest hits I have ever seen were made by kam chancellor, 2 on vernon davis one last night and one on wes welker last year. so watch them running those pic plays over the middle cause someone is getting rocked.

Gary34
Gary34

Don't they drug test in the NFL? Apparently not.

Sulkaman
Sulkaman

Me, me, me, me after your TEAM just won a huge game. Congratulations, Richard Sherman. You are a self-absorbed a-$-&.

eagleeye502001
eagleeye502001

It's one thing to be exuberant but another to just be a poor sport.  Sherman's behavior is embarrassing for the Seahawks as well as himself, but all he really seems to care about is getting publicity, no matter what the source of it is.  The media and advertisers have accommodated him.  Is this a sign that the reality show mentality is coming to pro football?


It was quite a contrast to see Sherman on the post game podium along with Russell Wilson, who is such a polite, understated player.  Wilson should be the one getting advertising gigs.

Storm1
Storm1

Crabtree must have really gotten under Sherman's skin in AZ.  He's still doing it and Ruh-roh...Sherman hasn't figured out that he's being played, flailing around on Crabtree's line and reacting to each tug.  So he looks bad and Crabtree is coming off good.  Sneaky villain.  Silly prey. 

GoBothWays
GoBothWays

The odd thing is that he isn't just some moronic athlete.  He GRADUATED from Stanford...

pettitsc
pettitsc

I thought it was disgusting and disturbing, to say the least........

MitchBarnes
MitchBarnes

Terrell Owens and Randy Moss used to run their mouths a lot and talk smack and act super stupid too. The last few years (while they were still great players) they could not find a team that would have them on their rosters....BECAUSE THEY WERE AN EMBARRASSMENT TO THE GAME!!! No player is bigger than the game. You don't talk like that in self promotion and you don't run down your opponent. Period. Totally classless poor sportsmanship. He just turned thousands of neutral fans into Bronco fans. Payton will carve him up like a surgeon.

benjamin.ortiz.md
benjamin.ortiz.md

Sherman can't be best corner in the league when he only covers one part of the field, unlike Revis & Talib. He's good but not the best

rikkardwagner
rikkardwagner

Mohammad Ali could brag because he was the greatest.  Sherman should brag when he becomes the greatest.

StevenBatti
StevenBatti

BTW, our leagues draft 2 Defensive Backs / 2 Linebackers / 2 Defensive Linemen to each team. None drafted or even picked-up Mr Sherman as an injury replacement.

StevenBatti
StevenBatti

Seattle's Richard Sherman needs to get over himself. I am in 2 different fantasy football leagues and Sherman was ranked as the 65th best Defensive Back and the 28th ranked Corner Back. Out of 32 teams in these leagues, NOBODY drafted Mr Sherman. Ten years from now, there won't be anyone who will know the difference between Richard Sherman and Richard Simmons.

johnplantagenet
johnplantagenet

I'm not a fan of either team, but was going to pull for the Seahawks as I'm a lifetime hater of Peyton Manning. But after the totally classless rant by Sherman, I'll be pulling for the Broncos to crush the Seahawks.

mschica1
mschica1

Wow, Sherman needs some anger management classes! Another Terrel Owens in the making lol!

jarobertson
jarobertson

As I watched this interview, I had two thoughts. Thoroughbred, and blue gum.

cigary43
cigary43

Sherman isn't worthy of carrying Crabtrees jockstrap.  I've seen low rent players before but this f'n monkey takes the cake.  Talk about somebody who thinks he's Gods gift to football and then proves himself to be no better than some street thug and then proves it on national TV by acting like a fool.  He should have been the player who got injured at the end of the game instead with a broken neck.  NFL can do without this clown and he'd better get fined by the NFL.....big time.

noelseanify
noelseanify

Well, there is merit in what Sherman said, particularly in his MMQB article. Crabtree is not an elite receiver. I could rattle off 20-maybe even 30- names I would rather have line up on Sunday than Crabtree. Plus I would definitely put Sherman in the top 5 corners in the league. So when he rants like this, yes, it may be a little over-the-top, but it is driven by passion, and is it so off-base to elicit such cruel, racially driven backlash that is just plain innappropriate? Hell, he even criticizes Seahawks fans on their behaviour when Bowman went off. Dude is smart. Lay off.

BarkinMoon
BarkinMoon

@Gary34 Every Seahawk ws tested... You'd know that if you had checked the news.

YorubaKiniun
YorubaKiniun

@Sulkaman Hey sulky betcha you hate endzone celebrations and *gasp!* HIGH-FIVES!

It's a good thing people like you have no influence and must be forced to kvetch and moan from behind your computer screen

...you'd suck all the fun out football, sports and life itself if you did.

YorubaKiniun
YorubaKiniun

@Storm1 Shermans trending on twitter and going to the super bowl. Crabass is going back to the drawing board.

Jules de la Zazette
Jules de la Zazette

Exactly, he went to Stanford … never woulda happened had he gone to Cal.  GO BEARS!

theboneman21
theboneman21

@pettitscDisturbing ? It is disturbing to see bravado and trash talk from a FOOTBALL player ?


What sport have you been confusing with football all these years ?

YorubaKiniun
YorubaKiniun

@MitchBarnes The thing is, he delivers time and time again. Donte Stallworth KILLED someone because he didn't want to take a cab. This kids never been arrested in his life,, has a charity for children, and is an elite athlete on top of having a great education...in communications.

KennyLaMar
KennyLaMar

Sherman backs up what he is ranting. No different than M.J. or M.A. (Boxer)

JulioCotto
JulioCotto

U Mad bro. U sound real mad bro.

pcwhite2
pcwhite2

@cigary43 


Wow - you sound way worse than Sherman.  And while Sherman would say what he said to Crabtree's face, something tells me you wouldn't open your trap in front of Sherman.

KennyLaMar
KennyLaMar

Sherman sent Crabtree caring his own jockstrap to his losing locker room buddies. Lol!!

cigary43
cigary43

@noelseanify .....dude is smart...are you taking drugs again?  Sherman is about as low as they come and for you to back him says even less about you....go back to your clan.

Jules de la Zazette
Jules de la Zazette

@KennyLaMar He backs up what he boasts? So the F what? The true champions don't spout all that BS. From Lou Gehrig to Joe DiMaggio to Bart Starr to Johnny Unitas to Joe Montana to Magic to MJ to Wayne Gretzky … while confident and sometimes arrogantly prickly, they NEVER ranted like the jacka$$ Sherman last night. 

So … he is VERY different from the studs you mention. Starting with the fact that he has yet to win it all. 

And when Peyton's done with him, he'll be crying like the little bi**h he is.

JulioCotto
JulioCotto

No you would not because you are internet coward.

JulioCotto
JulioCotto

Stanford Graduate, yes he is smart hillbilly!

MichaelAlexander
MichaelAlexander

@cigary43 @noelseanify Sherman graduated with a degree in communications from Stamford, and his writing is very eloquent and thoughtful.  Don't let your bias for Crabtree or SF get in the way (I assume that's what it is).  He's a smart man and a good football player, if not arrogant and over the top.  But then again, the line between confidence and arrogance is performance.

LarryCor
LarryCor

@MichaelAlexander I think you mean Stanford. But we have a system where standards are lowered *a lot* to admit athletes and blacks to elite universities. If that's the system we want fine, but you can't have that system then pretend a guy like Sherman getting through Stanford proves he's some kind of major intellect. It proves he's not a complete moron, I'd grant that, but that's about it.

JulioCotto
JulioCotto

Sherman has as much as to with the Seahawks success as the other 21 players and HE made a huge defensive play to seal the win. Dont take anything away fro. This guy because your team is home. Now i want the hawks to win just so Sherman gets his ring and trash talks for years to come! Real passion and real unfiltered reaction. This is how all real great athletes feel most are just too afraid of upsetting the slave owning league.

Jules de la Zazette
Jules de la Zazette

@MichaelAlexander @cigary43 @noelseanify Yes, but there is such a thing as humility. Or maybe it's simply self-control. Whatever it may be, you don't see PROVEN champions going off like that … in any sport (save maybe Floyd Merriweather Jr.) … Kobe, LeBron, Brees, Rodgers, Big Ben, the Mannings, Big Papi, etc. … these are all super-confident CHAMPIONS, yet they don't feel the need to remind the world how good they are. The proof is in what they have actually accomplished. 


Sherman, while obviously talented, has yet to grab the brass ring. And even if he does, his success will be due to 21 other guys who made it possible. Football, while having its individual stud moments, is still a TEAM sport. Sherman should remember that.